Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

Rating:
8/10
8
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Movie Info

  • Director: Matthew Vaughn
  • Stars Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong and Samuel L.Jackson

Movie Story

Matthew Vaughn, he of Layer Cake, Kick-Ass and X-Men First Class fame, knows how to make flashy stylish and violent films. It has become his comically charged calling card. Here, a super-spy agent (Firth) takes on a new unrefined and untested new charge (Egerton) to train for the role within The Kingsmen, just as the world is about to fall foul of a sinister global threat (namely Samuel L.Jackson).

 

Kingsman is a lot of fun. It’s incredibly violent but, in the same vein as say Kick-Ass, the violence is done with comic book implausibility and with such overload that you’re carried away with it all on what is a fantastic ride for it’s 128 minute duration.

 

Firth is, as per usual these days, a solid lead, doing his cool, calm and classy shtick, all dressed in finery. His interactions with Unwin (Egerton) serve as the narrative backbone and it’s a coupling that thankfully works. Egerton plays the cheeky street kid thrown in with the sharks of privilege, eating, sleeping and training together. There can only be one winner. A mention must go to a superb Jackson popping up and camping it all the way in flashy fashion as he plots to cull the earth for the good of all mankind.

 

Kingsman is a slick spin on everything Bond and spy orientated. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and allows itself to have some fun away from the rudimentary confines of the classic genre it plays off. It’s all a bit wildly ridiculous at times – one scene in particular comes to mind – but the script is razor sharp and throws up witty lines and clever escapes. Kingsman is pure undiluted entertainment, perfect Friday night in fodder.

Reviews ( 1 )

  • Naomi White 26 / 09 / 2016 Reply

    Kingsman is as violent kinetic as any film Vaughn has made. It is a sleek and an incredibly funny movie and most likely one of the best movies in 2014. The fighting scenes are a complete masterpiece, and the comic element is top notch. I recommend this movie wholeheartedly.

    10 / 10
  • Valary Beckham 03 / 10 / 2016 Reply

    This is a great movie for me. I like everything concerning this movie as it has captured all aspects that need to be captured in a movie quite well.

    10 / 10
  • Alice White 05 / 10 / 2016 Reply

    This movie really captivated my mind. I simply loved this movie. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to have some good time while relaxing. This is the perfect movie to go for.

    10 / 10
  • Kate Winterburn 05 / 10 / 2016 Reply

    I thought that this movie was extremely well done. The film pays homage to the great spy movies of the past. The cast was on point and fantastic in their roles. It is fun, quirky, and action packed – I’m looking forward to the sequel!

    8 / 10
  • Sherman Cleveland 07 / 10 / 2016 Reply

    An amazing movie. The movie really gives me a James bond vibe.

    Characters were great and relatable. There are some graphic scenes and It’s really difficult to find something in the movie that deserves criticizing. The camera was a little shaky at some points, but it was done in a good way and they still managed to capture all of the action.

    9 / 10
  • C Moreira 10 / 10 / 2016 Reply

    A normal action movie, with some funny bits, that helps pass the time, but it has a lot to improve. Not exactly a first class film, just some entertainment, if you don’t want to think a lot.

    6 / 10
  • Shane Croghan 18 / 10 / 2016 Reply

    British spy films might be very familiar to cinema-goers at this stage, but Kingsman: The Secret Service takes a unique approach to the long-standing genre. Contemporary action films often take themselves a bit too seriously, veering toward darker tones. Kingsman, thankfully, is completely unafraid of poking fun and opting for laughter over action.

    7 / 10

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